"Moving" Madonna statue
Acerra (Italy) - Sunday, July 24, 2005
One group of pilgrims claim to have filmed a miraculous “walking statue” of the
Madonna with their video phones on Sunday, July 24, 2005 in the Church of San Pietro
in the town of Acerra near Naples, Italy. According to witnesses, the
statue’s legs have moved repeatedly over the last few days. The hands and feet of
the Madonna had begun to “take human form, flesh and blood”. They will show the footage to the Bishop of Acerra, Monsignor Giovanni
Rinaldi, who will decide whether the celluloid "proof", together with
photographs purportedly taken with mobile telephones, warrant examination by a
special church commission that investigates reports of apparitions.
Parishioners said that the movement had first been noticed by cleaners, who had
kept silent for fear of being disbelieved. They claim not to have been the victims of mass hysteria. Many
drew an analogy with the “weeping Madonna of Civitavecchia”, a statue brought
from a shrine at Medjugorge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which ten years ago was said
to have cried blood.
The Civitavecchia “miracle” has never been recognised by the Vatican but the
town — a port on the coast near Rome — has benefited from the phenomenon, with
the local authorities building a reception centre for pilgrims.
The 160cm (63inch) high statue,
made of plaster and marble dust, was installed at the church last December.
Father Oreste Santoro, the parish priest, said that he had not seen the statue
Thousands of Italians have flocked to the Church of San Pietro.
Mgr. Antonio Riboldi, the retired bishop of Acerra, also urged caution, saying
that “these matters are often difficult to comprehend. The Church proceeds with
great prudence where apparitions of the Virgin Mary are concerned”. The
Vatican has approved 15 “authentic apparitions” by the Virgin Mary since 1830,
but only one “weeping Madonna”, a statue at Siracusa in Sicily that wept “tears
of blood” in 1954.
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